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Code of Virginia
Title 15.2. Counties, Cities and Towns
Chapter 15. Local Government Personnel, Qualification for Office, Bonds, Dual Office Holding and Certain Local Government Officers
10/26/2021

Article 5. Bonds.

§ 15.2-1527. Bonds of officers.

Every treasurer or director of finance, sheriff, clerk of a circuit court, commissioner of the revenue, and other persons in the offices of constitutional officers required to give bond shall, at the time he qualifies, give such bond as is required by § 49-12. Bonds for a treasurer or director of finance, sheriff, clerk of the circuit court and commissioner of the revenue shall be provided through the state Department of the Treasury, Division of Risk Management pursuant to subsection B of § 2.2-1840. The penalty of the bond of each officer shall be determined by the court or clerk before whom he qualifies, within the limits prescribed in §§ 15.2-1528, 15.2-1529 and 15.2-1530.

Code 1950, § 15-478; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-41; 1964, c. 278; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 155; 1972, c. 549; 1997, c. 587; 2000, cc. 618, 632.

§ 15.2-1528. Penalties of bonds of sheriffs, clerks of the circuit court and commissioners of the revenue.

The penalty of the bond of a sheriff shall be $30,000. The bond of the clerk of a circuit court shall not be less than $3,000 and the bond of such clerk shall bind him and his sureties, not only for the faithful discharge of his duties as clerk of the court, but also for the faithful discharge of such other duties as may be imposed upon him by law in like manner or by order of the court and with the same effect as if it were so expressed in the conditions of his bond. The bond of the commissioner of the revenue shall not be less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000.

Code 1950, § 15-479; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-42; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 155; 1981, c. 120; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-1529. Amount of bond of treasurer or director of finance of counties.

Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 15.2-416, 15.2-541, 15.2-642, 15.2-707 and 15.2-852 requiring the surety bond given by a county treasurer or director of finance to be in an amount of not less than fifteen percent of the amounts to be received annually by such officers, the court or the governing body responsible for fixing the penalty of the bond may in its discretion exclude the amounts to be received for the county from temporary and long-term loans and federal revenue sharing funds when fixing the required minimum bond, and the amount of the bonds to be given shall not exceed the following maximums based on the population of the respective counties unless, for good cause shown, a greater bond is deemed advisable:

1. In counties having a population of not more than 10,000, the bond shall be limited to $300,000.

2. In counties having a population of more than 10,000 but not more than 30,000, the bond shall be limited to $400,000.

3. In counties having a population of more than 30,000 but not more than 50,000, the bond shall be limited to $500,000.

4. In counties having a population of more than 50,000 but not more than 100,000, the bond shall be limited to $750,000.

5. In counties having a population of more than 100,000, the bond shall be limited to one million dollars.

1973, c. 320, § 15.1-43.1; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-1530. Bonds required of treasurers or directors of finance of cities.

Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, general or special, the penalty of the bond for treasurers or directors of finance of cities shall be not less than fifteen percent of the amount of revenue to be received annually by him but not more than $500,000 for treasurers or directors of finance of cities under 100,000 population nor more than $1,500,000 for treasurers or directors of finance of cities over 100,000.

Code 1950, § 15-481; 1950, p. 411; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-44; 1973, c. 195; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-1531. When certain city and county treasurers not required to give additional bond.

Whenever the treasurer for any city or county is appointed finance officer under any regulation of the State Board of Education relating to the operation of jointly owned schools for cities and counties, and such duties do not substantially increase the amount of the revenue to be received annually by him, then no additional bond shall be required of him.

Code 1950, § 15-481.1; 1962, c. 493, § 15.1-44.1; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-1532. Payment of premiums on bonds for more than one year in advance.

Governing bodies are authorized to pay out of their respective treasuries, the premiums on the surety bonds of all local officials who are required to be bonded, for a period of more than one year when a discount for advanced payment of such premiums may be obtained under the rates, rules and regulations promulgated by the State Corporation Commission according to law.

If any such surety bond be cancelled prior to its expiration, the portion of the premiums to be returned shall be calculated on the basis of the regular annual rate of premiums for the duration of the bond as such refunds are prescribed by the rates, rules and regulations promulgated by the State Corporation Commission according to law.

Code 1950, § 15-483; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-46; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-1533. Bond plan to be forwarded to clerk and Comptroller.

The state Department of the Treasury, Division of Risk Management shall forward to the clerk of the circuit court for each county and city and the Comptroller of the Commonwealth a copy of the plan promulgated pursuant to subsection B of § 2.2-1840.

Code 1950, § 15-484; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-47; 1979, c. 643; 1997, c. 587; 2000, cc. 618, 632.